DYBERRY TOWNSHIP—Residents from Ellen Memorial Healthcare Center stopped by the Dessin Animal Shelter, Thursday, to deliver a supply of hand-made toys and treats for the critters to enjoy.

Ellen Memorial Assistant Activities Director, Vicky Bradshaw, explained the donations were part of the center's Dog Days of August activities calendar.

“We set up a collection bin, a dog house, in our lobby,” said Bradshaw, “and we asked everyone to contribute whatever they could.”

She added, “We got a wish list from management [at Dessin] of what kind of items they're always in need of at the kennel here. And then we set out to accumulate as much as we could over the month.”

Besides collecting donations of small toys and food, the care center was also able to raise $225 in cash to give to Dessin.

Included in the donated goods were roughly three score hand-crafted tennis ball toys, several dozen braided towels and a bag of home-made biscuits.

Bradshaw noted the housekeeping and laundry staff at Ellen Memorial also collected towering boxes of old bath sheets and bed pads to donate as bedding for the shelter animals.

“To be able to give back to the community is nice,” said Bradshaw.

Of the positive feelings that one gets when contributing to the community, Ellen Memorial resident Anne DiLella said, “We always get back more than what we gave.”

The Friday prior to the donation, Humane Officer Marlene Metzger visited Ellen Memorial with some of Dessin's animal friends to keep the residents company.

“It was so nice,” said DiLella.

Bradshaw noted while the animals were visiting, they tested the toys and the treats, “...so we know they're a hit!”

Expressing her gratitude on behalf of the shelter, Caitlyn Robbins, Dessin's Administrative Assistant, said “It's amazing what the community can do when everybody sticks together.”

Describing the care center's generosity as “overwhelming,” Robbins added “it just warms my heart to be able to talk to [the donors] and show them how much we really do appreciate everything they do here for us.”

Bradshaw noted the residents enjoyed helping Dessin so much that they plan to bake another batch of treats around Christmas time.

Additionally, Ellen Memorial's laundry services will continue to collect bed pads and bath sheets to donate.